Be the kind of leader people would follow voluntarily

The main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them while managers have people who work for them. A successful business needs to have both a strong leader and manager to get their team on board to follow them towards their vision of success.

LEADERSHIP is about getting people to comprehend and believe in the vision you set for the company and to work with you on achieving your goals, while MANAGEMENT is more about administering and making sure the day-to-day activities are happening as they should.  Which are you and which do you aspire to be?.

You can become a leader people actually want to follow, not just a leader people follow because they think they have to.

Here are some tips to be a leader people aspire to become:


1. Lead with humility

A humble leader acknowledges that they can succeed only with the help of others. Humility draws people to you not because you have all the answers, but because you recognize how much you can learn from others.

2. Take responsibility 

Leaders must hold themselves accountable for their actions; they don’t blame others when things don’t go right. Be accountable for your actions and always remember that the decisions you make affect not only your own life but the lives of others as well.

3. Have a compelling vision

Having a vision is good, and having a purposeful vision inspires others to work toward that purpose. When you have a vision worth following, you have a group of people that stays focused and do what it takes to be successful.

4. Be Supportive

Great leaders are of service, because at the heart of their leadership they know the true value of others. Always follow the Golden Rule and treat others as you would wish to be treated.

5. Be consistent

Leaders set the tone for how others conduct themselves.If you are not consistent, those around you follow that cue. If you are not reliable, others feel uncomfortable and tentative. It is the essence of consistency that makes others want to follow you.

6. The best proof of leadership is trust

People want to follow leaders who are trustworthy—those whose behaviour is genuine and who never leave others guessing. Make sure people can rely on you to be fair and consistent.

7. Show you care

Great leaders understand the importance of personal connection and attention. Show you care with everything you say and do, and let people know they matter. Listen to them, talk to them, provide them with feedback.

8. Give respect

Loyalty starts with building relationships based on respect. Show those around you know how much you respect them and their work.

Are you the kind of leader people want to follow?

Being a leader carries a lot of responsibility.

Often there’s too much to do in very little time.

We can become the kind of leader others want to follow.

We only have to learn what is at the heart of every leader:

We must lead from within.